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Advocacy Officer P3 - Rome, Italy

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.



Sunday, October 01, 2023


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.



Based in the Global Advocacy, Communications and Marketing (CAM) department and reporting to the Head of Global Advocacy, the post holder supports the design and implementation of advocacy strategies and activities conducted by WFP to enable ‘Saving Lives and Changing Lives’ mandate and the SDG 2. This role seeks to develop processes and methodology for global support and capacity building at regional and country levels as well as consulting with the relevant global programmes team to develop a shared advocacy vision and plan.


The post holder will lead specific advocacy efforts at the global and regional levels and will be responsible for guiding and supporting Regional Bureaus in the development of advocacy strategies and plans as well as guiding them on their roll-out. In addition, the post holder will support the capacity building of CO colleagues and other relevant teams to implement effective advocacy initiatives by providing technical support to national and regional team as well creating linkages and support.




  •  A Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations, Public Relations, Public Policy, and or any other relevant field or a First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses. 




  • More than 5 years of high-level experience in advocacy and influencing in humanitarian and development sectors, some of which must be with UN agencies.


Knowledge & Skills:    

Experience in Advocacy: 


  • An exceptional understanding of advocacy in humanitarian, peace, and development contexts with special focus on engaging global regional, and national platforms and government for desired policy and advocacy changes on SDG2. 
  • Significant experience in identifying and pursuing advocacy opportunities that strengthen the core activities conducted by WFP.  
  • Experience in building partnerships with global, regional, and national governments for desired policy and advocacy changes.
  • Significant experience in producing well researched, clear, and well written advocacy briefs, key messages and other products on agreed agenda and priorities. 
  • Significant experience in contributing to building relationships with key institutions and strategic stakeholders, attending external meetings, collecting intelligence, and building alliances relevant to the different advocacy areas. 
  • Significant experience in exploring new opportunities and providing inputs to design and implement advocacy campaigns. 
  • Significant experience in building capacity to implement effective advocacy initiatives by providing technical support to national and regional teams. 
  • Significant experience in working well in a multi-cultural context, collaborating with diverse teams, and demonstrated team spirit.  


Experience in Policy Analysis:  


  • Excellent writing, conceptual and analytical skills including the ability to present complex processes and issues clearly to a diverse audience and in an actionable manner. 
  •  Ability to identify and monitor policies and decisions that directly or indirectly impact WFP’ mission and priorities and to support our engagements with all key stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated professional research and writing experience, including through publications. 
  • Ability to proactively review and contribute to a wide range of communications materials, ensuring they are built around solid policy analysis and clear asks.




  • Fluency in oral and written English is mandatory. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


The candidate will perform the following duties:


  • Report to the Head of Global Advocacy and works in close coordination with other divisions and offices to further advocacy agenda.
  • Provide required analysis for effective positioning of WFP at global and regional levels to influence and advance the advocacy agenda
  • Identify and pursue advocacy and campaigns opportunities that strengthen the core activities conducted by WFP to enable the achievement of Saving Lives and Changing Lives mandate. 
  • Work with the team to produce a work plan with key dates and events and the best way to influence the key stakeholders before and after the agreed events.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with member states, civil society groups and movements as well as intergovernmental organizations to advocate for the implementation of WFP’s agenda of ending global hunger.
  • Track and analyse key global policy developments and trends relevant on climate change and support in effective positioning engagements. 
  • Proactively review a wide range of aspects of Communications, Advocacy and Marketing portfolio for advocacy messages and consistency.
  • Produce well-researched, clear, concise advocacy briefs and messages on agreed agenda and priorities.
  • Collaborate with and support other units within CAM to ensure strategic alignment and identify cross cutting initiatives and opportunities. 
  • Take the lead in building the capacity of CAM colleagues and other relevant teams to implement effective advocacy initiatives by providing technical support to national and regional teams as well as creating linkages and support.
  • Work with the team to implement the agreed work plan.
  • Any other duties and responsibilities that the line manager deems necessary and or relevant.



This is an International Professional position and is open to all nationalities.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment.

Internally this position is referred to as a Communications Officer P3. 



  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable). Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in English.
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WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.